Clyffe House Domesday Project Post Office Roman Signal Station
Purchased by Jeremiah James Colman in 1869 as a second residence for his family. The house was enlarged in 1874 and Jeremiah and his son, Russell purchased more land in Corton, Blundeston, Flixton, Gunton, Hopton and Lound, most of which was bought from the Fowler family of Gunton Hall.
Jeremiah was also responsible for building the Methodist Chapel (1874), the Village Hall with the bowling green (1881), Anchor Cafe in The Street (now turned into houses), Almshouses and cottages for worked on his estate. He also funded the building of the school.
Jeremiah spent £70,000 on a sea wall in the 1870s to try to prevent coastal erosion but this started to crumble in 1903 and by 1917 'The Clyffe' was in such a dangerous position that the contents of the house had to be sold and the house was partially demolished.
Finally, after the First World War, the estate and many of the houses were sold to East Suffolk County Council, to be divided into small holdings and farms for tenants who wanted to return to making their living from the land.
The Colmans are famous for their mustard which is produced in Norwich - to find out more about the Colman Story please click on the link - http://www.colmans.co.uk/colmans-story.
In 1945 Mrs Weaving sold the Stores to Mr Sidney Chambers who became the postmaster. The bungalow's front room was made into the post office. It was open from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm except Tuesday which was early closing.
Mr Chambers died in 1956 and Bill and Joan Simpson took over the Stores and Post Office which they ran until Mr Simpson's death in 1977. Mrs Simpson then sold the Stores to Mr Mike Watson who ran it until 1980 when it was taken over by David and Heather Habbin.When the Post Office closed in 2003 it was the end of an era.
In 1984 the house which stood next to the Hut (The Manse) was demolished followed by the garage being demolished four years later. There has been considerable changes to the Hut since 1990. A large function room has been added and the interior has been altered several times with new bars, restaurants and satellite television.
Although now called the Corton Inn, local residents still refer to it as 'The Hut'
The Village Hall was built in 1890 by the Colman family when the reading room at the Anchor Cafe could no longer accommodate all the many lectures, evening classes, teas suppers and entertainments.
The Village Room was let to the village at a nominal rent until 1934 when Alan Colman handed it, along with the Bowling Green, to the Parish Council who agreed to act as Trustees.
A service is held every Remembrance Sunday around the memorial and inside the Village Hall
The Roll of Honour website also shows details of the men listed on the memorial.